New Yorker Maira Kalman offers one of the most beautiful hustle-bustliest looks at the especially grand Grand Central Station in her picture book Next Stop Grand Central. She honors it's "stupendous star-filled ceilings" with her wacky paintings and introduces readers to all the important folks behind the scenes make the trains run smoothly 365 days a year! George Coppola, the stations police chief, deals with no-goodniks. Wanda handles complaints, of which there are bound to be many, since the station welcomes 500,000 people every day! We meet loads of oddball passengers rushing off on their weird outings. Ofir Weiss is headed to the Bronx zoo in a dino outfit and Millicent Bluebird delivers a lemon to a man at the Botanical Gardens!
"They were standing at the corner of the Times building, which is at the south end of Times Square. Above the cricket, towers that seemed like mountains of light rose up in the night sky. Even this late the neon signs were still blazing. Reds, blues, greens, and yellows flashed down on him. And the air was full of the roar of traffic and the hum of human beings. It was as if Times Square were a kind of shell, with colors and noises breaking in great waves inside it. Chester's heart hurt him and he closed his eyes. The sight was too terrible and beautiful for a cricket who up to now had measured high things by the height of his willow tree and sounds by the burble of a running brook."